Convict History

The IDHS is working with four other groups to document the lives and achievements of the convicts sent to the Irwin and surrounding districts.


  • Mid West Convict Resources

    The IDHS is pleased to have contributed to the Mid West convict database containing the records of 2500 men who were sent to the Mid West region. The searchable database…

  • Convict Burials

    List of convicts known to be buried at the Dongara Cemetery or in the Irwin Districts. Thanks to our researcher Anne Jefferys.

  • Convict Tracks of the Victoria District – The Project

    • About the project
    • The Participants
    • The Comtributors
    • Find Your Convict
  • Convict Stories

    We know that over 750 convicts were assigned to work in the Irwin Districts.
    Here are some of those men’s stories.

  • Convict Tracks of the Victoria District – The Exhibition

    • Convict Transport Around The World
    • Transportation to Eastern and Western Australia
    • Colonising the Victoria District
    • Policing and the Dongara Occurrence Books
    • Irwin District Convict Mapping
    • The Ticket-of-Leave
  • A Brief History of the Irwin Districts

    A short chronological history of the Irwin Districts since colonisation

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Museum Location
OFFICE
5 Waldeck Street (PO Box 347) Dongara WA 6525 08 9927 1323 idhs@midwest.com.au
MUSEUMS
Open to the public 10am - 12pm Monday to Saturday, or by appointment
Entrance by Donation

Irwin Districts Museum
5 Waldeck Street Dongara (next to Public Library)
Russ Cottage House Museum
1 St Dominics Road Dongara (next to Denison bridge)
The Packout Room
3 Macintyre Cove Port Denison Waterfront (Fishermen's Co-op building)
RESEARCH CENTRE
& ARCHIVES

5 Waldeck Street Dongara 10am - 12pm Monday to Wednesday, or by appointment. Contact us for current fees and charges
UNIVERSAL ACCESS
is currently limited. Please contact us if you are planning a visit to any of our museums or research centre so we can provide any particular assistance that would enhance your experience. We have one universally accessible toilet, available for museum visitors, at Russ Cottage.
CAR PARKING
is available off-street at Russ Cottage and The Packout Room, and on-street at the Irwin Districts Museum (Waldeck Street).

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